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Although I am assuming the rider was at fault this kinda scares me. The Hi Miler has been at my local fair for as long as I can remember, and I have ridden it a good number of times. This is a very unfortunate accident, and I wonder whether this will effect the Hi Miler at fairs in the future? This is a pretty major attraction at RCS fairs as it is one of 2 "Adult" coasters besides the wild mouse, and it often has long lines... so if this leaves they will likely need to invest in a newer coaster.

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The Hi-Miler has always been one of those "legendary" coasters I've always been trying to ride...it looks so wicked but my one attempt to ride it last year at the Houston Rodeo was ended when the chain flew off the lift while I was in line. It was also the last night of the fair, and I had a long drive home, so I left.

 

Here's to hoping it wasn't the Hi-Miler, or if it was, that it remains operational!

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^Agreed. I've wanted to ride this for quite some time. I've been to an RCS fair a couple times, but that's the closest I've gotten. Hopefully it will be like many rides and quickly return to operation.

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Although I am assuming the rider was at fault this kinda scares me. The Hi Miler has been at my local fair for as long as I can remember, and I have ridden it a good number of times. This is a very unfortunate accident, and I wonder whether this will effect the Hi Miler at fairs in the future? This is a pretty major attraction at RCS fairs as it is one of 2 "Adult" coasters besides the wild mouse, and it often has long lines... so if this leaves they will likely need to invest in a newer coaster.

 

I rode this at the AZ State fair about 4 or 5 years ago. I don't remember what the restraints are like other than a lap bar. Does it even have seat dividers? I just remember how much fun it was to get ripped around those tight turns, especially in the back. I do remember that while there is an out of control feeling, that I never felt that I would some how get ejected.

 

RCS seems to be a pretty good operator. Their ride ops seemed ok and not at all "carny" like. It will be interesting to see how this happened.

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According to witnesses the rider got out of the restraints trying to retrieve a lost item. The coaster has a lap bar that also has a seat belt attached to the lap bar with the restraints secured on the back of the car. It's hard enough to get out of the car once your ride is over.

 

It is a wild coaster but not dangerous as long as you follow the rules.

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I hate to come in here and buck the trend but I certainly didn't feel the safest on this coaster. Sure, it probably would have taken a bit of effort to have flung myself out of it but I can see somebody else eventually making it. It's a fun coaster but definitely something I couldn't ever see CF or SF setting up on their property for a variety of reasons similar to this. It makes an occasional stop at the CA State Fair, not sure if it's every year.

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According to witnesses the rider got out of the restraints trying to retrieve a lost item. The coaster has a lap bar that also has a seat belt attached to the lap bar with the restraints secured on the back of the car. It's hard enough to get out of the car once your ride is over.

 

It is a wild coaster but not dangerous as long as you follow the rules.

 

Sadly, this doesn't surprise me if true. I've seen far too many guests jump into restricted areas to retrieve hats or other items that they pull out of their pockets after a ride operator had asked them to put it away. For some reason people don't use common sense when it comes to this stuff, and I can't fathom why.

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Sadly, it wasn't at the California State Fair in 2009. However, I did get to ride the wonderful, elusive Olympic Bobsled! Incidentally, it wasn't the safest ride I've ever encountered...

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When a carnival of ANYTIME came to Houston, my mother WOULD NOT let me ride ANY ride there because her reasoning was, they put together and take apart those rides too often and they WILL NOT always be done right. Now she had NO PROBLEM with my riding rides at Six Flags Astroworld, but not at hit and go carnivals.

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I loved the fact that the guy got into the car afterwards and didn't find any issues with the restraints! Um....isn't that going to really skew your defense in the "wrongful death" lawsuit that you know will happen in "Sue Happy America"? I have never had a chance to ride this, but I always gauge carnival rides on how the supports look on the ground. Like if they shake a lot or are braced by plywood, it's a no go.

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I've ridden the Hi-Miler a number of times at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California, as it shows up here almost every year and is better than the spinning mouse. I will say that the thing looks extremely unsafe. The whole structure sways and rattles each time a train passes by, and the entire ride is kept level by wooden blocks placed under specific points on the ride base. That being said, although it looks unsafe, I've never felt unsafe on the thing.

 

To my knowledge, carnival rides (especially newer ones) are just as safe as attractions at permanent amusement parks. The Hi-Miler is an older attraction that appears to be mostly (or completely) controlled by manual controls. I don't know how someone died on it, but given how the restraint functions it seems as if they would have had to undo it themselves mid-ride in order to get ejected. My guess is that this was one of those "dumb guest" cases, but we'll have to wait for the official investigation to know for sure.

 

I'm still looking forward to riding Hi-Miler this July/August if it shows up again. If not, then maybe RCS will finally get another decent coaster to replace it. Their current spinning coaster is incredibly weak and doesn't spin much at all.

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I rode the Hi Miler numerous times 4 years in a row at the AZ state fair and once at the temporary Santa's Theme Park they had a couple of years just south of Phoenix. The last time I rode was in January of 2007. The restraint is a manual lap bar with a taut fitting canvas lap belt that is attached to the lap bar. It's very tight and they always lowered it as far as it would go every time I rode it. I have long arms and could never reach the restraint release upon returning to the station. That being said, the airtime was still incredible ejector in the back seat. You got little pops in the front, but certainly not in the front car and seat as you went down drops.

 

It was also one of those coasters I had always wanted to try out, so imagine my excitement when I went to the Arizona State Fair and there it was. It is a fun ride, but not quite as crazy as it looks, but it does have some good moments! It is totally worth riding because it is so unique.

 

Okay, with that being said, I'd speculate that the tragic accident was do to rider behavior. It does go pretty slow on the flat straight aways, and if he fell out where I think he may have from the reports I read and saw, I have doubts that it was due to any ride mechanical failure. In addition this ride has been around for quite some time with no accidents involving anyone dying.

 

Regardless of what caused it, it is tragic, someone lost their life. My condolences to his fiance and family.

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Woah! I pity the family of the man!

This is like in the movie Final Destination. Who would have thought that a 46-year old man, enjoying a roller coaster ride, would experience such a terrible accident. Indeed, it is tragic!

Condolence to the man's family!

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